I have already reviewed Captain America: Civil War, but it’s time to go a little bit further in depth and talk spoilers, so here is my SPOILER FILLED review of Captain America: Civil War presented by the best movie theater in the valley, FatCats Gilbert located on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline! With delicious Pizini pizza that can be brought right to your comfortable recliner in the theater, there is no better experience!
First of all, I just have to say that this is a SPOILER review. If you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War yet, please check out my spoiler free review from last week right HERE, then if you would like to check out an awesome movie, see Captain America: Civil War, then come right back here to talk about it with me! Without further ado, let’s talk, in depth, about Captain America: Civil War!
Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and brings back all of the well known Marvel talents in Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, and Frank Grillo and also welcomes in a few newcomers like Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, and Daniel Brühl. After the events of the previous Marvel films such as 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are finally being held accountable for all of the chaos and destruction that they have brought on through fighting for the world. Tony Stark feels that the Avengers must be put in check to be safe and watch out for the lives of the innocent. Steve Rogers believes that the safest way to go about the situation is to let the Avengers handle issues they deem necessary to handle. With the return of legendary HYDRA assassin, The Winter Soldier, Steve must try to reconnect with his best friend, Bucky, while also fighting for what he believes is right. The super-team is divided and the members go to war against each other to back the leaders of both sides, Tony Stark’s Iron Man and Steve Rogers’ Captain America.
The film begins with a scene of the Winter Soldier, or as Steve Rogers knows him, Bucky Barnes. After a torture and activation scene, we see the Winter Soldier stop a car, kill the people in the car, then take the Winter Soldier serum. We go straight from this scene to the opening action scene that sees the new Avengers who we have been left with following Age of Ultron. We instantly get plenty of great action from each and every character involved in the scene including Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, and Falcon. Now, I think that this is an awesome action scene that sets the tone for the rest of the amazing action in the following scenes of the film that may be the best action of all time, but there are some problems I have with it. I think that there is some weak computer generated imaging in this scene. It just doesn’t look real, and I don’t buy it. I also noticed a few times where it feels like a hit does not connect, and though these things didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the film, I’m still going to at least mention them. After Crossbones, played by Frank Grillo, reveals that he is strapped with a bomb, Scarlett Witch throws him into a building killing many people in the building. This initiates a few things: Scarlett Witch is scared to go out because she hurt many people and many peoples’ loved ones, but it also brings us to the Sokovia Accords. The Sokovia Accords are the result of the final battle in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We finally get to see General Ross back in a Marvel film, and he is accompanied by Tony Stark who firmly believes that signing the Sokovia Accords and giving command of the Avengers to the government is good. Steve Rogers disagrees saying that he sees a situation and he naturally needs to react to help civilians, friends, and those in need. Thus, we have the Civil War between our Avengers.
I outlined the beginning, but I’m about to go a little bit all over the place in terms of story. Let’s talk about what, or rather who, everyone is talking about: Spider-Man. This may be the best on-screen Spider-Man we have ever seen. There is something for every Spider-Man fan in this movie. If you were a fan of the comics, this Spider-Man is for you. If you are a fan of the cartoons, this Spider-Man is for you. If you are a fan of the previous movies, this Spider-Man is for you. Tom Holland hadn’t done too much before Captain America: Civil War, but Disney tends to nail their casting. I cannot remember the last time Disney miscast a character, and again, they nailed it. Peter Parker has some of the best lines in this movie, and you can’t help but feel for him, and you feel that he has been through a lot in his life. Next, let’s talk about Black Panther. Black Panther is one of the coolest characters in this movie, and it’s because he is just absolutely out for vengeance. Black Panther is the epitome of the reason why Civil War works so well: he is out for blood. He believes that Bucky killed his father, and he is out to kill Bucky. He has his own agenda, and number one on his agenda is to kill Cap’s best friend. He also has an amazing speech at the end of the film where he discusses vengeance and how you must not let it consume you, and it is some of the best writing in the film.
There isn’t much to spoil about the airport scene except for a few things, but let’s talk about it. The airport scene may be the best action scene in comic book movie history. Every character gets their chance to shine, and each character makes the most of it. It’s absolutely incredible. From Spider-Man’s introduction to the interaction between Bucky and Falcon, it nails the aspects of the film I wanted to see. All of these characters are going at it, too. They aren’t taking it easy on each other, even if Tony Stark says that was the plan. They want to hurt each other and take each other down to prove that their belief is the correct route. This scene also made me realize how awesome Scarlett Witch is. If you didn’t think so from Avengers: Age of Ultron or the scene where she sends Vision through a ton of floors and escapes with Hawkeye, you will think so after the airport scene. It is also awesome when Ant-Man turns into Giant-Man. It’s actually a little bit unexpected, and it is one of the best Paul Rudd moments in the MCU. I also want to talk about the interaction between Spider-Man and Captain America. It is one of the best interactions in the entire movie, and they seem to have a certain connection that I can’t wait to see play out a little bit more in Infinity War. The one last thing to talk about when discussing the airport scene is Rhodes. He’s paralyzed now! That makes me a little upset because I do like the character of Rhodes, but I don’t dislike the move. It made for an interesting aspect of the friendship between he and Stark and really shows the consequences of what is happening.
There is one thing I have to cover, and that is probably the biggest reveal in the film. Was it the biggest reveal if you saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier? It probably wasn’t, but it made a world of difference to Tony Stark. I think that a lot of fans knew that Bucky killed Stark’s parents, but fans didn’t know that Steve Rogers knew that Bucky killed Stark’s parents which made it kind of a surprising reveal for most movie goers. This is where I have a difficult time deciding whose side I am on. I actually think that I agree with Cap from an idealogical standpoint and in terms of government involvement in the Avengers, but I emotionally connected with Tony Stark more, and this is one of the reasons I was cheering for him in the last scene, and it was just another time where we see Avengers out for blood. Stark wanted to kill Bucky, and he almost did. I also have to mention that this is another incredible action scene. The airport scene could have very easily blown every other action scene out of the water, but the rest of the action scenes are so amazing as well. When Iron Man tells Captain America that he doesn’t deserve the shield and that his father made it, that hits home, and it hits home hard. It probably wouldn’t have been such an emotional film had we not had 12 Marvel films prior to Civil War, and it uses that advantage so well. Marvel is known for not exactly having the strongest villains, and it is something that DC is praised for. Loki and Alexander Pierce have probably been my favorite Marvel villains, and I think that Marvel kind of continues the trend in Civil War. For the first two thirds of the movie, Baron Zemo feels a little bit pointless just about every time he appears, and he is just taking away screen time. Eventually, I actually did feel for him at the end of the film when we find out his motivation, and I think he went from slightly pointless to decent, but he spent far too much of the film feeling like he just took screen time.
As all Marvel movies do, there is a mid-credit and a post-credit scene, and this movie has very good scenes. The mid-credit scene and post-credit scene are both awesome. The mid-credit scene showcases Black Panther and foreshadows what is to come. The final line of the film when the camera pans to a panther statue is phenomenal. Now with Bucky in Wakanda, I would love to see Black Panther and Bucky in the same solo film, or at least a storyline involving Bucky. We also get Spider-Man is the post-credit scene, and if you weren’t already excited for Spider-Man: Homecoming, this should get you excited. We see Aunt May calling Peter, and Peter shines the new Spider-Man logo designed by Tony Stark onto his ceiling from his brand new suit.
I really loved Captain America: Civil War! What did you think? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! Also, what is your favorite film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If you want to know mine, you can click right HERE to check out my article ranking the MCU! I should have multiple reviews out next week for all three films I will be seeing including The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and The Angry Birds Movie, so be sure to stay tuned for all three of those reviews! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!